Our last day in Banff, we finally made it to the historic park museum. The building was constructed in 1903 in the railway pagoda style using a cross log motif which was used widely for park buildings. It has a “lantern top” which allows for natural lighting because of course, in 1903 there was no electricity in the building. The cost of the building was $10,000, and it was built to attract tourists to Banff so they could see examples of park wildlife without tramping through the forest and mountains. The exhibits of over 5000 animals and plants today are maintained close to how they existed in 1914. The animals are great examples of the art of taxidermy, and there are photos of how taxidermy was done over 100 years ago – quite impressive!
Banff Park Museum